Mathews: Our batting flopped again

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A disappointed Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews blamed his team's batting for their loss in the third and deciding Test against India on Tuesday in Colombo.

The hosts slumped to a 117-run defeat at the Sinhalese Sports Club as India claimed their first away Test series victory since 2011.

Sri Lanka's batsmen really let them down, being bowled out for 201 in their first innings in reply to the visitors score of 312.

Then, after being set a an unlikely target of 386, they were bowled out for 268 in the final session on the last day as India celebrated their success.

Mathews said at the post-match presentation: "Disappointed (after losing the game), especially after winning a crucial toss and them batting in demanding conditions. Our batting flopped again.

"The bowlers did a good job throughout the match, but we weren't really up to the mark with the bat. We could have kept them under 300 in the first innings. The bowlers bowled pretty well, but India batted well.

"Our first innings batting was crucial, we needed to get close to 300. They bowled really well and are the deserved winners."

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